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>> A partial strike Orbit shutting down Barcelona's transport links on Tuesday. As thousands answer a call from unions and associations to put pressure on Spanish national authorities urging them to heed Sunday's referendum vote in favor of independence. A result Madrid says is invalid, even Barcelona's famous football team is expected to join it's fans in strike although it's not due to play a match.
Almost 900 people were injured after clashing with police officers as they tried to vote triggering international condemnation. Writer's Madrid Bureau Chief Julian says there is a fight to win the narrative of around what's going on in Catalonia.>> And the Catalan government obviously, I would not say is pleased but having this image of the Spanish police preventing peaceful Catalan voters to cast the ballot is obviously playing in it's hand, and Madrid has been caught a little bit on the wrong foot, because they were not supposed to trigger any violence.
>> Now, Catalonia's leader Carlos Puigdemont has demanded the withdrawal of police forces.
ying he wants the EU to help mediate what he calls a new understanding with the Spanish state and to avoid a quote traumatic break.>>
> The situation needs mediation. And the mediation, as I have said, needs the presence of a third actor.
And it must be an international actor in order for it to be efficient.>> The comments hand a new challenge to Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy.>> The central government might have to decide whether it wants to trigger what many here call the nuclear eruption which is to suspend the Catalan autonomy.
And that might be the next steps and they're expected to happen over the next five to ten days.>> Puigdemont's comments seen by some as a bid for talks with Madrid over a new deal for Catalonia. But after the weekend's events, the more hard line separatists may not be in any mood for negotiation.